Nancy Pelosi famously said that we have to pass Obamacare, to find out what’s in it. Well, they did pass it, and we’re still not done finding out what’s in this law. The latest “glitch” is a provision that expands Medicaid coverage to retired people who are considered “middle class.” From AP:
“Up to 3 million more people could qualify for Medicaid in 2014 as a result of the anomaly. That’s because, in a major change from today, most of their Social Security benefits would no longer be counted as income for determining eligibility. It might be compared to allowing middle-class people to qualify for food stamps.”
I found the food stamp comparison interesting, because many middle class people already qualify for food stamps, in this economy. They used to have ads touting “you may not know you qualify for food stamps.” I can imagine an ad, after Obama’s re-election, saying the same thing to people who didn’t know they qualified for Medicaid under Obamacare. By then, it would be too late to oppose, because they kept it “under the radar” long enough…
AP’s story explains that this was an “anomaly” that really bothered the administration, but it seems more like a “hand in the cookie jar” moment. Someone wrote this legislation, and that person(s?) is (are) acting out the liberal agenda of expanding dependency on government assistance. Since it became public knowledge, this “glitch” in Obamacare’s effect on Medicaid will get “fixed.” Color me skeptical: I think the Obamacare will be overturned entirely before this “glitch” is acted on.
Obama had 2 years of complete Dem control of all three branches of government. He came into office after a financial crisis that rivaled the crash that preceded the Great Depression. He spent a few months dealing with it, pasing two liberal “stimulus” laws that helped few that weren’t employed by, or dependent on the government. He abruptly moved on to expanding government dependence by “mandating” individuals to buy health insurance.
Obamacare was a costly political move, that only a progressive liberal would make. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, in the independent voter’s mind. If the economy was in a crisis when Obama took office, why did he spend all that political capital passing Obamacare, but settle for less than liberal economists wanted from his economic “stimulus” packages?
American liberals are trying to expand what the government “gives out,” but they are hitting the wall of what taxpayers can provide. It seems that at the same time several government entitlement programs are projected to bankrupt the economy, Obama has thrust a new bureaucratic monstrosity on us. I don’t think Obamacare will stand, but as long as it does, it will be hanging around the Dems’ necks, and twisting the liberal media into knots, as we keep finding out “what’s in it.”